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Bohren & Der Club Of Gore are a German four-piece who have miraculously mutated from the hardcore noise of their original incarnation into a mesmerising suicide jazz' combo. Sunset Mission is a record enamoured of the twilight world of the city. It sounds like a collection of all the dark places in a David Lynch movie. The drums are slowed to a sleeping heartbeat, the piano is played with funereal solemnity. A slurred saxophone utters drunken phrases of regret. Strings ebb and sway in a sonorous baritone like laboured breathing. There's no change of pace. Like a trance, the music just takes hold affecting both metabolism and consciousness. It feels as if you're slowly drowning on pharmaceuticals. Sunset Mission is a pleasurable dulling of the pained psyche to the point of oblivion. --Chris Campion
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In a nutshell, the music on this album is something pretty rare, creating a dark, moody and brooding jazz sound, carried by a minimalistic use of the instruments (bass, drums played primarily with brushes, vibraphone and the leading saxophone).
How it feels? Picture yourself alone in the city displayed on the album cover, at the very moment of the sunset. It's cold, cars and fleeting faces are passing you by - everyone is rushing to get home before it goes completely dark. Then you hear the sound of that saxophone and everything starts happening in slow motion. You really want to get home but are captured by the sound and make your way into the darker corners of the city to find the source of this music. You are led to an abandoned industrial area and somehow manage to climb up onto the roof of the highest building. There, you find a lone saxophone player contemplating on the bigger picture of things through the sound of the sax. You dare not interrupt his playing and simply lie on your back staring at the dark sky, letting your mind run free. Even the cold cannot touch you now, as you are entirely wrapped up in your thoughts and the sound of the music.
The End ;)
The first track "Prowler" sets the scene perfectly. Imagine the film-noir-esque tall, sultry woman in the red dress and high heels, running through the dark, wet alley, towards the back door of a building. Street lights flickering. Police sirens in the background. Steam rising from the gutters and pipes that snake across the exterior walls, through fire escapes and round corners. She enters, and opens the door to the private detective's office. The room, heavy, filled with smoke and bourbon sees the detective sleeping at his desk with his feet up. The woman softly says "Detective?", and the story begins...
Most probably in my top 3 albums ever... In fact, Im gonna listen to it right now. And when it's over, Im gonna listen to it again. So should you!
this is a record badalamenti never did...pure beauty...listen to this one! this is one you'll never regret you bought it!
very slow jazz, beautiful saxophones, nothing hectic at all...
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Not much more I can say. Velvety noir jazz, perfect soundtrack for walking around the city or just relaxing in a comfortable chair. Nightwolf is particularly special.Published on 26 Feb. 2014 by F. Eagles
Sashay around the red room to this luxuriant psychedelic lounge music from outer space. A brilliant piece of music buy you will not regret.Published on 14 Feb. 2014 by Jim Clarke
A unique expression during the present rotten days.
It's not about the music, it's about art energy
to the consciousness.